Paradise Lost Book 3 Summary and Analysis

John Milton

Book 3 Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
God: creator of Heaven, the new world (Earth), and a new race called Man

The Son: sits on the right hand of God, the Father; volunteers to go down to Earth and give his life as a ransom for Man’s sins

Uriel: the angel of the sun; one of seven archangels who stands ready at God’s command

The poet opens Book III with an invocation to “holy Light,” the essence of God. “Since God is light,” it has coexisted with him eternally and flows from His very being. This light, the poet says, was the first thing to appear in God’s creation, emanating from him as the “offspring of Heaven first-born.” The poet has come out of...

(The entire section is 2687 words.)